ARAB-AFRICAN AFFAIRS - July 20 - Sudan Mobilizes Against Eritrea Threat.'Al Anbaa' says authorities in Sudan's eastern Kassala Kassala: see Kasala, Sudan. state have ordered a general mobilization mobilization
Organization of a nation's armed forces for active military service in time of war or other national emergency. It includes recruiting and training, building military bases and training camps, and procuring and distributing weapons, ammunition, uniforms, to confront an expected Eritrean offensive. Eritrea says the move was groundless and there was no change in military activity along the border. The Sudanese newspaper says: "There has been an increase in the level of Eritrean military build-up build·up also build-up
1. The act or process of amassing or increasing: a military buildup; a buildup of tension during the strike.
2. on the strip bordering Kassala state, stretching for 380 km". It accuses Eritrea of planning to attack because it believed Sudan Sudan (sdăn`), officially Republic of Sudan, republic (2005 est. pop. 40,187,000), 967,494 sq mi (2,505,813 sq km), NE Africa. helped Ethiopia in its war with Eritrea. (Tens of thousands of Eritreans fled to Sudan during the fighting.) 'Al Anbaa' quotes a source as saying: "This foreign international plot targets Kassala state from 3 axes axes
[L., Gr.] plural of axis. The straight lines which intersect at right angles and on which graphs are drawn. Usually the horizontal axis is the x-axis and the vertical one the y-axis. Called also axes of reference. , the middle, the east and the south". It says the offensive would probably take place at the same time in the areas of Gadamayet and Gergif. Eritrean presidential adviser Yemane Gebremeskel Yemane Gebremeskel is the official spokesman and Chief of Staff for the Office of the President of Eritrea, Isaias Afewerki.
link title denies the accusations. He says: "There is no military build-up. Relations are normal between the Eritrean and Sudanese governments. We certainly don't have a border problem with Sudan". 'Al Anbaa' says there was evidence that the main Khartoum-Port Sudan highway would be targeted with the aim of reaching Sudan's only oil pipeline. It did not elaborate. (Hamashkoreib, a province in Kassala state, is under the control of the rebel Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance. Sudan has accused Eritrea of supporting rebel groups in its 17-year civil war.) The newspaper says the Eritrean government had re-supplied its troops with equipment in northern Hamashkoreib where it says they were "extensively" deployed. It says some of the Eritrean forces were now stationed near the areas of Gadamayet and Gergif.